Lynn Anderson (September 26, 1947 - July 30, 2015) was a hugely popular country singer with a great deal of crossover appeal who became famous beginning in the late 1960s. She is best known for her 1970 smash cover of the Joe South-penned "Rose Garden."
Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota to songwriter parents, Casey and Liz Anderson, she began singing as a child and also became an award-winning equestrian by the time she was nine. Anderson landed her first recording contract in 1966 while still in her late teens with Chart Records after being discovered by producer Slim Williams in an informal sing-along with her mother in Nashville. By 1967, she had become a regular on the Lawrence Welk Show and began touring with the Welk Road Show. In 1970, she signed with Columbia where many of her hit recordings were written and produced by then-husband Glenn Sutton, one of the architects of the Nashville sound.
Lynn Anderson debuted on the Country charts in 1966 with the Liz Anderson-penned "Ride, Ride, Ride" (later also a Pop/Rock hit for Brenda Lee in 1967), which was followed by a long string of hits through 1989. Her fame soared in 1970 with "Rose Garden," which topped the Country charts, reached #3 on the Billboard 100, and earned her a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1971. Her same-named LP also became the biggest selling country album by a solo female artist that year and remained so through 1997. Anderson also topped the Country charts with "You're My Man" (1971), "How Can I Unlove You" (1971), "Keep Me In Mind" (1973), and "What A Man, My Man Is" (1974), which all crossed over to the Pop/Rock charts. Other crossover hits include "I'm Alright" (1970), "Sing About Love" (1973), and "Listen To A Country Song" (1972), along with covers of Johnnie Ray's "Cry" (1972), Joe South's "Fool Me" (1972), and the Carpenters' "Top Of The World" (1973).
In addition to a Grammy, Lynn Anderson's numerous honors and accolades also included being named the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 1971 and the ACM Top Female Vocalist in both 1967 and 1971. She was inducted into the American Country Music Association Hall of Fame in 1999 and received an American Music Award and a People's Choice Award in 1974 and 1975, respectively. In 2002, she was named one of CMT's 40 Greatest Women of Country Music. Over her long career, Anderson made many TV appearances and in 1990, starred and performed in the BBC drama, "The Wreck On The Highway."
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- Rose Garden 1970
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